Further evidence of bias appears when correlating Brady scores with FBI violent crime rates. Only six states, plus D.C., scored over 50 (on a scale of 100). All but one of Bradyâ€™s â€œtop 7â€ restrict law-abiding citizens from carrying concealed handguns. Bradyâ€™s â€œbestâ€ averaged a violent crime rate of 577.3 and a Brady score of 64.1. Bradyâ€™s nine â€œworstâ€ all received a score under 6, and all have liberal concealed carry laws (also called â€œright-to-carryâ€). They averaged a violent crime rate of 398.1â€“â€“45.0% lower than Bradyâ€™s â€œbestâ€ statesâ€“â€“and a Brady score of 3.4.
Says a lot, I think. Howard does a lot of great analysis, and this is definitely in that category.